Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera meets PM Modi

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office on Monday. Reportedly, Samaraweera is carrying an invite for PM Modi to visit the island nation. On Sunday, Sri Lanka and India had pledged to deepen their relations and had agreed to work "closely and extensively".Ahead of his visit, Sri Lanka released 15 Indian fishermen and now no Indian fishermen are in island nation's custody. Jan 19, 2015

Salman Khan hit-and-run-case: Doctor seeks police protection

Mumbai, Jan 19 (ANI): The public prosecutor in the 2002 hit-and-run case of Bollywood actor Salman Khan said the doctor who had collected the blood samples of the actor has requested the sessions court for police protection. Gharat also said the defence advocate was not well and asked for a new date for the next hearing. He also said that two witnesses were supposed to depose in the court, but they would be present on January 22. Jan 19, 2015

Congress releases booklet of 'U-Turn' targeting Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Congress party on Monday released a booklet of 'U-Turn' targeting AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on the promises which he made but failed to fulfill. Congress leader Ajay Maken said that a booklet has been compiled mentioning the u-turns taken by Kejriwal during his government. Maken said that Congress wanted the people of Delhi to decide if they wanted to give the responsibility of running the government to an irresponsible man who can only sit on protests. Maken further said that a complaint has been filed with the Election Commission from Congress' side over Kejriwal's 'bribe' statement which was like defaming the voters of Delhi. Jan 19, 2015

Opposition flays BJP for induction of Kiran Bedi, BJP clarifies

New Delhi/ Noida, Jan 19 (ANI): Major political parties snubbed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday (January 19) after it inducted former IPS officer and social activist, Kiran Bedi, ahead of polls in Delhi. Bedi was one of the core members of social activist Anna Hazare's team and supported him throughout his fight against corruption and formulation of an Ombudsman Act. AAP leader Ashutosh said the decision to induct Bedi would backfire on BJP. Congress leader PC Chacko also said Bedi would prove to be a liability to BJP. BJP leaders Jagdish Mukhi and Harsh Vardhan have defended the move and said Bedi would infuse party workers. Polls in Delhi will be held on February 07 and results will be declared on February 10. Jan 19, 2015

Politicos react over Muzaffarpur Violence, CM orders probe

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday over the Muzaffarpur violence in which three people were killed in clashes which broke out in Azizpur area after a missing boy's dead body was found buried. At least 14 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident and Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi has ordered a high-level probe into the incident. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the incident is very unfortunate. Congress leader PC Chacko slammed BJP for spreading communalism in the state. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said it is unfortunate that Muzzafarpur incident which was between two lovers, was given a communal direction Jan 19, 2015

IED found and defused in Srinagar's Narbal area

Srinagar, Jan 19 (ANI): Indian army on Monday defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Jammu and Kashmir. Police and army found a three-kg IED in a cooker in Narbal area. The bomb disposal squad rushed to the spot and the explosion was carried out in open fields. Militants have been targeting security bases in Kashmir since 1990s, when there was a full-blown insurgency against Indian rule in JandK. Jan 19, 2015

Politicos react after DPCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely candidature withdrawn from Delhi polls

New Delhi/Noida, Jan 19 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Arvinder Singh Lovely withdrew his candidature from the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that contesting elections from the ticket of Congress is a big torture and Lovely was successful in escaping that torture. AAP leader Ashutosh said that Arvinder Singh Lovely is annoyed as he knows he will not get any good position in these elections. However, Congress leader PC Chacko said that Congress had requested Lovely to take in charge of organizing the elections and he had agreed to it like an obedient party worker. Jan 19, 2015

Harsh Vardhan denies reports that he demanded ticket for his son

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): BJP's Harsh Vardhan on Monday dismissed reports that he had to face the party leadership's wrath for demanding ticket for his son. The BJP leader said that his son is not going to join politics and the information is incorrect. Jan 19, 2015

Politicos slam Kejriwal for asking people to accept money from BJP and Congress

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has become the centre of a controversy after he asked voters in Delhi to take money offered by the BJP and the Congress but "fool" them by voting for the AAP in the coming Delhi Assembly elections. Kejriwal's remarks drew criticism from the rival parties. Jan 19, 2015

Former UPA minister meets Amit Shah, joins BJP

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Former UPA minister Krishna Tirath on Monday met BJP President Amit Shah and joined the party. Tirath said that she was impressed by the ideology of the party and added that she would be working towards the welfare of people. Tirath also said that her responsibilities shall be decided by the BJP's central leadership but her focus will mainly be at development. Krishna Tirath has served as women child and development minister in the UPA Cabinet. According to reports, BJP may field her in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections. Jan 19, 2015

Security agencies prepared for a nation's President's visit, nothing different for Obama: Rijiju

New Delhi, Jan 19 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, said on Monday that the security agencies are prepared well for US President Barack Obama's three-day visit to India at Republic Day as the Chief Guest. Rijiju said that any kind of security arrangements which are made for the visit of any foreign eminent personality's visit to India have been made for Obama's visit and there is no difference of any kind in terms of security. Jan 19, 2015